So if you read yesterdays blog post you’ll see that we had a family visit to the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. At the very end we called into the gift shop and this is where I found this little item:
it’s a lucet. A lucet is a Viking or Medieval tool used to create cord or braiding, so it’s a bit like ancient knitting in that you work yarn around the fork and pull loops of yarn off using the stick.
It was very easy to use, as well as being quick.
I just used the yarn that came with the pack and after several minutes i had this:
I admit that I had trouble of thinking what to do with this so in the end I came up with the idea of a flower brooch for Miss P.
I looped the cord round to get 5 petal shapes and then looped the excess around the middle and sewed a button in place to hold it all together.
After sewing a safety pin on the back I gave it to Miss P to wear.
I think that if there were more things you could make with the lucet cord then it would be more popular but it may be a good way to get the children into yarn work. The kit was really simple to use so I think I’ll give it to Miss P to have a play with and see how she does.